2018 | NYC | Artist
Come in, you do not have to take your shoes off. 2017, instalation, 4x2x2m
Matej Knežević is the winner of the Croatian national Young Visual Artist Award Radoslav Putar 2017.
In his work, Knežević examines current social problems of global character and their effects on the local community, from the standpoint of a young person in a post-transitional society. Alongside his artistic practice he works as a doctor specialized in urology. He describes his working methodology as : (....) "the focus is around conceptual reflection of reality from my own environment, questioning the position of a young person in today's society. (...) In particular , I am occupied by the search for symbols, objects and materials that can be redirected to another context. (...) All of these motivational lines of my artistic imagination are an attempt of finding personal solutions of some deeper issues and are an aspect of reacting to surrounding stimuli.(...) At first glance, the theme of the home base may seem light, as the family is often understood as the category which happens by itself with its inertia. The colloquial unit of measure of lightness, but also the expression of such an understanding of the situation would be: "It's a peanut !". But my personal experience is the opposite, and it seems to me that this work is not easy and light at all, but it is profitable. From the position of a cheerful family worker comes my own self-affirmative attitude. It's not peanut. It's a thousand peanuts."
His recent exhibitions include shows at: Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Municipal Gallery, Slavonski Brod; City Museum of Nova Gradiska; VN Gallery, Zagreb; PM Gallery, Croatian Artists Association, Zagreb; Croatia. Currently is engaged in the work of several non-profit organizations from the field of culture, and works actively as a medical professional.Matej Knežević's works have been featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Municipal Gallery, Slavonski Brod; City Museum of Nova Gradiska; VN Gallery, Zagreb; PM Gallery, Croatian Artists Association, Zagreb; Croatia.
Support: Matej Knežević's residency is made possible with support from Trust for Mutual Understanding.